International Development Committee Announcement


The World Food Programme and Global Food Security

The International Development Committee will publish its report on The World Food Programme and Global Food Security at 00:01 on Wednesday 23 July 2008 as the Tenth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08 (HC 493-I). A volume of oral and written evidence will be published separately as HC 493-II.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available from 10.00 am on Tuesday 22 July, for collection by witnesses and the press only, from the Reception Desk at 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA and from the Press Gallery, House of Commons. To reserve a copy or if you have a query please e-mail Ian Hook on

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Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

Terms of reference for the inquiry were as follows:

  • The effects on food prices and availability of increasing demand and changes in energy and agricultural policies
  • How the WFP engages with local communities to identify needs, and to assist in programme design
  • How WFP monitors and evaluates its operations
  • WFP’s strategy to meet increased needs in the context of higher food prices
  • The effectiveness of WFP’s development food aid activities
  • Cooperation between the WFP and other UN Agencies, for example the Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • The prospects for a “one UN” approach in meeting food security needs
  • DFID’s contribution to the WFP and to achieving the MDG 1 hunger targets.

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